About the Book
About the Author
Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a great, original comedy and the most
profitable independent film made in the U.K. If you’d invested
£1,000 in it, you’d have made £130,000 back. With more to come.
a young man, Mark Forstater produced the film. He set it up so that
the Pythons had total creative control. Each Python also made many
millions. Mark got over 5 % of the profits. Everyone was happy –
well as happy as John Cleese could be before he started therapy. Then
golden icing on the cake: Eric Idle hit on the idea of turning the
hit film into a musical. Spamalot was a smash. Spamalot was also
cashalot for everyone involved and it should have been for Mark.
the Pythons, or their managers, or their lawyers, or the gorilla in
their collective unconscious, decided Mark didn’t deserve so much.
No one used the word ‘deserved’. It was a question of how
lawyers, accountants and managers re-interpreted his contract. Back
in 1974, it had been amended by hand. Lawyers poured over these
squiggles as if they were holy writ – apt since we’re into
the Holy Grail.
decided he had to fight the battle of his life.
After 7 years of struggle it came to court, where the judge, the
lawyers and the Pythons were all Oxbridge men. Forstater, an
American, had gone to Manchester. Yet he won. If
there were a Nobel Prize for Bitching, Eric Idle would be proud
to win it.
In revenge he
called Forstater a
loser, an idiot and a twat. The twat, however, has now decided to
original, lively and at times moving account of the inside story of
one man’s battle against the mighty Python.
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